Ocado has launched the UK’s first fully electric commuter bus service with smart bus platform Zeelo.
The new service transports employees to and from Ocado Group and Retail’s head office locations in Hartfield from nearby towns such as St Albans and Welwyn Garden City.
Through this all-electric bus programme, Zeelo and Ocado hope to save 16 tonnes of CO2 annually, while also offering transportation for staff living in areas underserved by public transport.
Zeelo currently provides smart bus services for 110 companies and schools globally, transporting over 5000 a day and saving more than 7000 tonnes of CO2 annually.
The company aims to transition all of its services into fully electric programmes by 2030.
“Ocado is committed to being the UK’s most sustainable grocer,” Ocado Group head of building services Mark Potter said.
“This starts at our head office where we encourage employees to swap their car for a sustainable alternative.
“The introduction of the electric bus service with Zeelo allows our employees to benefit from a net-zero commuting option.”
Zeelo chief executive officer Sam Ryan added: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Ocado and introducing our first electric service to the UK market.”
“This is the start of a decade-long journey for us in our goal to operate a fully electric fleet by 2030.
“Ocado is the perfect partner for our first deployment as we share the same tremendous passion for sustainability.”